GIAC Web Application Penetration Tester (GWAPT)
TargetWeb applications one of the most significant points of vulnerability in organizations today. Most organizations have them (both web applications and the vulnerabilities associated with them). Web app holes have resulted in the theft of millions of credit cards, major financial loss, and damaged reputations for hundreds of enterprises. The number of computers compromised by visiting web sites altered by attackers is too high to count. This certification measures and individuals understanding of web application exploits and penetration testing methodology. Check your web applications for holes before the bad guys do.
Preparing for the GWAPT Exam: Candidates may choose to prepare for the GWAPT exam by taking the SANS Training Course: SEC542: Web App Penetration Testing and Ethical Hacking
*No Specific training is required for any GIAC certification. If candidates need help in mastering the objectives for this certification, there are many sources of information available. Practical experience is one option; there are also numerous books on the market covering Computer Information Security. Another option is SANS training, or any relevant courses from other training providers.*
- 1 proctored exam
- 75 questions
- Time limit of 2 hours
- Minimum Passing Score of 70%
GIAC reserves the right to change the specifications for each certification without notice. Based on a scientific passing point study, the GWAPT passing point changed from a 150 question format to a 75 question format for newly activated certification attempts on or after 4/11/2011. To verify the format of your current certification attempt, please read the Certification Information found in your portal account at https://exams.giac.org/pages/attempts.
Certifications must be renewed every 4 years. Click here for details.
NOTE: GIAC exams are NOT given the day after the conference ends.
GIAC certification attempts purchased without SANS training will be activated in your SANS/GIAC account within 24 business hours of purchase. GIAC certification attempts purchased with SANS training will be activated in your SANS/GIAC account 7 days after the end of the conference. In both cases, you will receive an email notification when your certification attempt has been activated in your account. You will have 120 days from the date of activation to complete your certification attempt. GIAC exams must be proctored through Pearson VUE. Please click the following link for instructions on How to Schedule Your GIAC Proctored Exam. GIAC exams are delivered online through a standard web browser.
- Certified Professionals (GWAPT)
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- Grievance Procedure
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Bulletin (Part 2 of Candidate Handbook)
Exam Certification Objectives & Outcome Statements
The topic areas for each exam part follow:
- The candidate will demonstrate an understanding of AJAX technology and its known weaknesses
- Automated Web Application Vulnerability Scanners
- The candidate will demonstrate familiarity with automated tools used to find web application vulnerabilities and their distinguishing features.
- Cross Site Scripting and Attack Frameworks
- The candidate will demonstrate an understanding of the types of XSS attacks and XSS attack frameworks that can be utilized during a pen test
- Programming Fundamentals
- The candidate will demonstrate comprehension of techniques used to conduct reconnaissance using available information.
- Scanning and Mapping
- The candidate will demonstrate an understanding of mapping and scanning web applications and servers, including port scanning, identifying services and configurations, spidering, application flow charting and session analysis.
- Session Tracking and SSL
- The candidate will demonstrate comprehension of session tracking and SSL/TLS use in modern web communications as well as the attacks that can leverage flaws in session state
- SQL Injection
- The candidate will demonstrate an understanding of how to perform SQL injection attacks and how to identify SQL injection vulnerabilities in applications
- Understanding the Web and HTTP
- The candidate will demonstrate an understanding of the fundamentals web applications and their architecture and a thorough comprehension of the HTTP protocol
- Web App Pen Test Methodology and Reporting
- The candidate will demonstrate comprehension of the typical methods and components used during a web application penetration test
Where to Get Help
Training is available from a variety of resources including on line, course attendance at a live conference, and self study.
Practical experience is another way to ensure that you have mastered the skills necessary for certification. Many professionals have the experience to meet the certification objectives identified.
Finally, college level courses or study through another program may meet the needs for mastery.
The procedure to contest exam results can be found at http://www.giac.org/about/procedures/grievance.